As of Wednesday, March 23, 2016
ELK CITY UPDATE, March 23 - (ITD press release) - Travel through the blocked stretch of Idaho 14 west of Elk City will resume on a limited basis for local traffic only beginning Thursday morning, March 24.
A one-lane, temporary road at the slide site will officially open to local traffic daily from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., and again from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. Flaggers will be located at each end of the temporary road to safely guide traffic through the work area.
Emergency vehicles, coordinated through the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho Transportation Department, will be allowed through the slide site any time it is necessary and safe for them to do so.
State Highway 14 will be closed overnight and every day from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from milepost 34.5 to milepost 43. Closure is necessary for safety and for trucks to haul landslide debris to the Crooked River waste site.
“We thank the residents of Elk City for their patience while crews work to open a safe, reliable route to their homes and businesses. Reopening this highway has been a top priority for ITD from the start,” said ITD District Engineer Dave Kuisti. “We also appreciate the hard work of all the people and agencies involved that have helped Elk City residents during this time.”
“Since the emergency work began two weeks ago, our contractor, WestCo, has achieved the milestones we hoped to reach and have been on time or ahead of schedule with the work,” he added.
A Feb. 18 landslide closed 500 feet of Idaho 14 after rock and debris slid onto the roadway disrupting access to residents of Elk City, Red River, Orogrande, American River and Dixie. Traffic in and out of the area was limited to weather-dependent Forest Service road/trails 1199 and 1858.